Evaluation and Qualification of Fibre Pigtailed Lasers for ESA’s SMOS Mission

Evaluation and Qualification of Fibre Pigtailed Lasers for ESA’s SMOS Mission

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  • SMOS/MOHA
    • MOHA in SMOS
    • COTS Fibre Optic Components in SMOS
  • Qualification Approach
    • Strategy for SMOS/MOHA
  • Project qualification tests (main results)
    • External visual: tack weld cracks
    • Retention tests
    • Proton radiation
    • Dew point test
    • Electro-optical measurements: comparison of measurements at the fibre optical end and at the photodiode.
    • Lessons Learned and Issues
SMOS Mission

SMOS Mission

SMOS Mission (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity).

Payload Module: Microwave Imaging Radiometer with Microwave Imaging Radiometer with Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS).

MOHA (MIRAS Optical Harness): Connects antennas with the control and correlator unit via a custom optical bus.

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